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Nikki Grimes Collection

Summary Information
Title: Nikki Grimes Papers
Dates: 1992-2008
Creator: Grimes, Nikki
Extent: 244 folders
Location: Materials are housed in the Andersen Library caverns. Please allow 30 minutes for retrieval.
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1409
Abstract:
The collection contains written production material for 30 titles.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of: Grimes, Nikki


Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by published title and chronologically within each title.


Biographical Sketch

Nikki Grimes was born October 20, 1950, in Harlem, NY. She writes under her own name and under the pseudonym Naomi McMillan. She has had a number of jobs related to writing, teaching, and publishing, including a six year period in Sweden as a radio scriptwriter and producer, and is also a prolific writer for young people. She has received a number of awards and honors for her work. Grimes draws upon her own childhood to convey the black experience and themes such as friendship, tolerance, family and community relationships, and adolescence. Her works generally feature young African American characters with whom children and young adults can identify. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 93, 136 Children's Literature Review, vol. 42


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains written production materials for 30 titles, and includes holographs, typescripts, some corrected or photocopied, front matter, correspondence, notes, clippings, color copies of illustrations, galley proofs, dummies, photocopies, research material, a musical play, photograph illustrations, layout pictures, and a map.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Grimes, Nikki
  • Children's poetry
  • Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
  • Obama, Barack
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Box MF 3423
2003 Kerlan Award Speech (1 folder)  Box MF 3423
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (27 p.)
Box MF 3231
Aneesa Lee and the Weaver's Gift, published New York: Lee and Shephard, 1999 (3 folders)  Box MF 3231
Note  Contains: holographs (17 p., 5 p.); typescript (19 p.); corrected typescripts (52 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (13 p.); front matter (1 p.); correspondence (5 p.); notes (34 p.); clippings (1 p.)
Box MF 3586
At Break of Day, published Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 1999 (2 folders)  Box MF 3586
Note  Contains: corrected holograph (5 p.); typescripts (42 p.); corrected typescript (18 p.); front matter (2 p.); correspondence (19 p.); notes (13 p.); clippings; 1 photograph
Box MF 3423, MF 3586
At Jerusalem's Gate: Poems of Easter, published Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2005 (9 folders)  Box MF 3423, MF 3586
Note  Contains: holograph (31 p.); corrected holograph (33 p.); typescript (86 p.); corrected typescript (135 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (25 p.); front matter (6 p.); corrected page proof (53 p.); photocopy of illustrations (24 p.); correspondence (1 p.); notes (5 p.)
Box MF 4251
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, published New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008 (4 folders)  Box MF 4251
Note  Contains: typescript (39 p.); corrected typescript (104 p.); back matter (2 p.); correspondence (35 p.); notes (8 p.); promotional material: 1 postcard; promotional material: 2 buttons; research material (51 p.)
Box MF 3084, MF 3085, MF 3239
Bronx Masquerade, published New York: Dial Books, 2002 (37 folders)  Box MF 3084, MF 3085, MF 3239
Note  Contains: holograph (100 p.); typescript (521 p.); corrected typescript (649 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (141 p.); front matter (4 p.); page proof (174 p.); corrected page proof (174 p.); jacket proof (1 p.); flap proof (2 p.); correspondence (13 p.); notes (79 p.)
Box MF 2429
"C" is for City, illustrated by Pat Cummings, published New York: Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard, 1995 (1 folder)  Box MF 2429
Note  Contains: typescript (10 p.); corrected typescript (11 p.); correspondence (2 p.)
 
Come Sunday, illustrated by Michael Bryant, published Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1996 (4 folders)  Box MF 2429
Note  Contains: holograph (1 p.); typescript (34 p.); corrected typescript (57 p.); fax photocopy of typescript (7 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (12 p.); corrected page proof (32 p.); correspondence (6 p.); notes (36 p.); color copies of illustrations (11 p.)
 
Correspondence from Children (1 folder)  Box MF 2429
Note  Contains: correspondence (15 p.)
Box MF 3261
Danitra Brown Leaves Town, published New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2002 (4 folders)  Box MF 3261
Note  Contains: corrected holograph and typescript (60 p.); photocopy of typescript (7 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (106 p.); galley proof (4 p.); correspondence (2 p.); notes (2 p.)
Box MF 3647, MF 4036
Dark Sons, published New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2005 (14 folders)  Box MF 3647, MF 4036
Note  Contains: typescript (156 p.); front matter (1 p.); typescript with notes (98 p.); front matter with notes (1 p.); correspondence with notes (12 p.); corrected typescript with notes (126 p.); front matter (1 p.); corrected typescript (135 p.); correspondence (1 p.); corrected page proofs (115 p., 112 p.); jacket proof (2 p.); photocopy of illustrations (4 p.)
Box MF 3210, MF 3385
Fire on the Mountain, published New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994 (10 folders)  Box MF 3210, MF 3385
Note  Contains: typescript (24 p.); corrected typescript (17 p.); photocopy of typescript (7 p.); typescript with notes (6 p.); dummy (78 p.); illustrator's illustrations (14 p.); photocopies (3 p.); correspondence (37 p.); contactual agreement (15 p.); notes (1 p.); clippings (45 p.); photographs; musical play (34 p.)
Box MF 2429
From a Child's Heart, published Orange, NJ: Just Us Books, 1993 (2 folders)  Box MF 2429
Note  Contains: homograph (4 p.); typescript (21 p.); corrected typescript (4 p.); corrected galley proof (35 p.); correspondence (22 p.); dummy (8 p.); photograph illustrations (8 p.)
 
It's Raining Laughter, published New York: Dial Books, 1997 (2 folders)  Box MF 2429
Note  Contains: holograph (8 p.); corrected typescript (44 p.); photocopy of typescript (6 p.); correspondence (3 p.); layout pictures (2 p.); notes (6 p.)
Box MF 2421
Jazmin's Notebook, published New York: Dial Books, 1998 (9 folders)  Box MF 2421
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (289 p.); corrected page proof (6 p.); correspondence (10 p.); notes (114 p.); 2 notebooks
Box MF 2429
Malcolm X: A Force for Change, published New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1992 (9 folders)  Box MF 2429
Note  Contains: corrected typescript (183 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (180 p.); front matter (2 p.); correspondence (28 p.); notes (4 p.); clippings (4 p.); research material: newspaper articles (3 p.); photograph illustrations (5 p.)
Box MF 3239
Meet Danitra Brown, published New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, 1994 (2 folders)  Box MF 3239
Note  Contains: corrected typescripts (12 p., 49 p.); correspondence (8 p.); notes (11 p.)
Box MF 3404
My Man Blue, illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue, published New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1999 (8 folders)  Box MF 3404
Note  Contains: holograph (19 p.); corrected holograph and typescript (146 p.); typescript (43 p.); corrected typescript (94 p.); carbon typescript (8 p.); corrected carbon typescript (1 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (14 p.); corrected galley proof (14 p.); photocopy of illustrations (2 p.); correspondence (16 p.); notes (20 p.); clippings (2 p.)
Box MF 3800
Oh, Brother!, illustrated by Mike Benny, published New York: Greenwillow Books, 2008 (7 folders)  Box MF 3800
Note  Contains: holograph (16 p.); typescript (84 p.); corrected typescript (69 p.); corrected page proof (33 p.); publisher's dummy (9 p.); photocopy of illustrations (3 p.); correspondence (66 p.)
Box MF 3404
Pocketful of Poems, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, published New York: Clarion Books, 2001 (3 folders)  Box MF 3404
Note  Contains: typescript (76 p.); corrected typescript (49 p.); front matter (2 p.); corrected galley proof (17 p.); correspondence (6 p.); notes (6 p.)
Box MF 3239, MF 3653, MF 3799, MF 3800
The Road to Paris, published New York: Putnam, 2006 (32 folders)  Box MF 3239, MF 3653, MF 3799, MF 3800
Note  Contains: holograph (124 p.); holograph and typescript (4 p.); typescript (758 p.); corrected typescript (822 p.); back matter (1 p.); jacket illustrations (8 p.); correspondence (23 p.); notes (24 p.); clippings (1 p.); miscellaneous (1 p.)
Box MF 3586
Shoe Magic, illustrated by Terry Widener, published New York: Orchard Books, 2000 (5 folders)  Box MF 3586
Note  Contains: corrected holograph (20 p.); typescripts (16 p., 16 p.); corrected typescript (56 p.); front matter (1 p.); page proof (38 p.); photocopies of illustrations (35 p.); correspondence (18 p.);
Box MF 3421
Stepping Out with Grandma Mac, published New York: Orchard Books, 2001 (14 folders)  Box MF 3421
Note  Contains: corrected holograph (69 p.); corrected typescript (515 p.); corrected page proof (24 p.); jacket proof (2 p.); photocopies of illustrations (6 p.); correspondence (34 p.)
Box MF 3423
Tai Chi Morning, published Chicago: Cricket Books, 2004 (7 folders)  Box MF 3423
Note  Contains: corrected holograph (22 p.); corrected typescript (198 p.); photocopies of illustrations (12 p.); correspondence (18 p.); inscribed proof (34 p.); map (1 p.): page proof (34 p.)
Box MF 3261, MF 3385
Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, published New York: Orchard Books, 2002 (13 folders)  Box MF 3261, MF 3385
Note  Contains: holograph (11 p.); corrected holograph and typescript (5 p.); typescript (33 p.); corrected typescript (74 p.); photocopy of corrected typescript (11 p.); corrected page proof (38 p.); dummy (4 p.); unbound publisher's dummy without illustrations (27 p.); illustrator's illustrations (6 p.); photocopy of illustrations (3 p.); correspondence (51 p.); contractual agreement (13 p.); notes (127 p.); layout notes (23 p.); clippings (1 p.); reviews (92 p.); 3 magazines; 3 photographs; packet of photographs
Box MF 3239
Thanks a Million, published New York: Greenwillow, 2005 (4 folders)  Box MF 3239
Note  Contains: holograph (14 p.); typescript (38 p.); corrected typescript (15 p.); page proof (5 p.); corrected page proof (15 p.); jacket proof (1 p.); photocopy of illustrations (18 p.); correspondence (28 p.); notes (4 p.); corrected page proof (17 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 3586
There was a Pet Dragon Named Tie: A Multicultural Collection of Poetry by Children, editor, published Seattle: Young Poets Competition-Seattle Public Library, 1996 (2 folders)  Box MF 3586
Note  Contains: front matter (11 p.); page proof (92 p.)
Box MF 3648
Throwaway, poems in Necessary Noise, by Michael Cart, published New York: Hyperion Books, 2003 (10 folders)  Box MF 3648
Note  Contains: corrected holograph, (2 notebooks, 35 p.); corrected typescript with notes (494 p.); correspondence (35 p.); notes (35 p.); research material (33 p.)
Box MF 3404
Under the Tree: Poems of Christmas, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, published New York: HarperCollins Pubilshers, 2002 (5 folders)  Box MF 3404
Note  Contains: holograph and notes (43 p.); corrected holograph and typescript (6 p.); typescript (92 p.); corrected typescript (108 p.); photocopy of illustrations (2 p.); correspondence (1 p.)
Box MF 4036
Welcome, Precious, published New York: Orchard Books, 2006 (1 folder)  Box MF 4036
Note  Contains: page proofs (53 p.)
Box MF 3231
What is Goodbye?, published New York: Hyperion, 2004 (12 folders)  Box MF 3231
Note  Contains: corrected holograph (1 p.); typescript (199 p.); corrected typescript (46 p.); front matter (4 p.); corrected page proof (132 p.); publisher's dummy (32 p.); photocopies of illustrations (5 p.); correspondence (5 p.); holograph (6 p.); clippings; 1 receipt; notes (1 p.)
Box MF 3653
When Daddy Prays, published Grand Rapids, MI: Eardman's Books for Young Readers, 2002 (3 folders)  Box MF 3653
Note  Contains: corrected holograph (34 p.); corrected typescript with notes (177 p.); correspondence (5 p.): clippings (1 p.)
Box MF 3800
When Gorilla Goes Walking, illustrated by Shane Evans, published New York: Orchard Books, 2007 (3 folders)  Box MF 3800
Note  Contains: typescripts (59 p.); corrected typescript (16 p.); publishers dummy and samples of potential illustrations (30 p.); photocopy of illustration (1 p.); photocopy of unused illustration (1 p.); correspondence (17 p.)
Box MC 1402
Self Portrait  Box MC 1402
Note  Contains: 1 pencil self portrait